Chelsea supervisor Emma Hayes confessed she was ‘dissatisfied’ by the ‘complacency’ in her group’s efficiency after their 3-1 loss to Arsenal in the Conti Cup last.
The Blues began the match rapidly, with Sam Kerr scoring the opener inside 2 minutes. But the Gunners resisted, and handled 3 objectives from Stina Blackstenius, Kim Little, and an own objective from Chelsea’s Niamh Charles to declare the very first significant prize of the season.
“The blistering start killed us. We sat off after scoring, and once Arsenal equalised we saw the difference between a team that has won a lot and a team that hasn’t won a lot,” Hayes stated after the loss.
“I thought [Arsenal’s] hunger and desire in the duels, in everything they did, was at a much better intensity than us. The best team won, there’s no doubt about that whatsoever.
“I’m dissatisfied with us. Our requirements are greater than that. You can’t yield 3 objectives versus a group that hasn’t won a lot, and they haven’t won a lot locally, and for me that was the most significant distinction. They were considerably more starving than my group.
“Losing so many duels in the first half [was the most disappointing thing]. They dominated all over the pitch and I thought Kim Little was deservedly player of the match. Sometimes you need a reality check, and today the best team won.
“I believe there was complacency in the efficiencies. We’ve won a lot, they haven’t, and today they desired it more than us. Simple as.”